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Central Kitchen

4.2
4.2
269 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
feeding Central Square award-winning food, wine & cocktails
| since 1998

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–1:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 491-5599

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Pearl Street

  • Parking details

    Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    I had a reservation but when I got there, the place was closed for a private event. And no one ever alerted us. Not sure what to make out of it.
  2. LF

    LocalFoodLover

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Mussels were great. The carpaccio was solid. The raclette was decidedly mediocre - mostly the veg it came with - bland and uninspired. The hot toddy was awesome!
  3. TF

    TammyF

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Great cocktails, horrible service, cold food
  4. n

    nanaya

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    good food, service and atmosphere! i’ll be back soon
  5. CK

    CharlieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and wine. Noise not bad. New waiter but well supported.
  6. HO

    HughO

    New England

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    This was our second time at Central Kitchen; this time we were joined by another couple. The food was excellent (again), but the service was terrible! Our server spent more time chatting with another patron at the bar than attending to her tables. We had to waive her down to bring us our drinks, and then again to bring our starter (both of which were ready and waiting once she checked for them). I’m torn whether to return. The food was excellent, but (for me, at least) feeling a bit “pampered” is an important element to dining out, and this time I felt anything but.
  7. J

    Julie

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Noisy, but otherwise pleasant. Could use a better wine list, but that's always hard to come by. Great lamb burgers, all food tasty and well-presented.
  8. ML

    MaryellenL

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Central Kitchen is a "go to" spot for a friend of mine and I whenever she is in town from nyc...the food is consistently very good and the make a great caesar salad. The wait staff is professional. The nosie level can be a bit much at times but when we last went, it was perfect!
  9. EC

    EdwardC

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2019

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I’ve been coming here a long time. Urbane & fun. Get the octopus or mussels.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Small restaurant but very impersonal for its size. Bad experience. Unfriendly, curt hostess did not greet us and immediately went to type on her laptop after seating us, where she remained despite the arrival of several other guests (non-locals we gathered) who had to seat themselves. We were placed next to a couple shouting on their cell phones even though there were plenty of tables that were free (only 12 tables all in a row). The food was fine but not particularly remarkable. Waitress also was not very warm. We would not come here again.
  11. RS

    ReetikS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Not a favorable place for vegetarian options. They just have a SINGLE vegetarian entree option. Our server didnt have an idea of the portion size of the entrees. The ambience is very good.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The much praised steak frites was fair. The steak was over done, fries were good. Nothing to write home about. The service was excellent.
  13. NO

    NatalieO

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The menu is small but the food is excellent. The only drawback is that the seats are very uncomfortable.
  14. MR

    MrRochester

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have going to Central Kitchen since it opened - they have managed to keep the menu “fresh” while keeping the standards. But I do miss the bread and white bean spread 😩
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    For the westerners, this place has a gastropub feel to it. I had the bouillabaisse. Well prepared and wished the portions were a bit larger. My daughter had the steak and frit. Excellently cooked steak with great seasoning. Fries yummy.
  16. h

    harborseal

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The roasted mushroom entree was superb! Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. The dining room was noisy! Bartender was very sweet.
  17. s

    shk1

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Everything was ok, nothing was great. Food was rushed. Overall a little disappointing.
  18. Q

    Quirky

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I'm extremely picky, but I loved every sip and bite at Central Kitchen. It's changed a bit from many years ago. It feels less rustic, and its point of view is less clear, but the service was outstanding.
  19. f

    fanny

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were jammed in between two noisy tables and could not carry on a conversation. I think that the tables in the front have more space in between them, so I'd ask for one of those next time
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, tried the tuna tartare which was really good. Arman, our waiter was on the ball and provided great service!
  21. MM

    MagaliM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Central Kitchen and regularly invite friends there. The food is always amazing and service excellent. Many new restaurants opened in Central Square recently, but none of them surpasses Central Kitchen.
  22. t

    theatereater

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We absolutely loved our pre-theatre meal there. The food was just delicious and the dishes were as we expected. I had the steak frites and my husband the bouillabaisse. The service was attentive yet calm and unobtrusive. We ate early on a week night before the theatre and it wasn't crowded or noisy. We will definitely be back and attempt to try everything on the very tempting menu. And try to leave room for creme brulee or tarte tatin. The price point is a tad higher than at some other restaurants but I'm willing to pay for quality and a good dining experience.
  23. EW

    ElizabethW

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak with salty greens and fries is an AMAZING dish that always delights. We went for our anniversary and had a great time.
  24. TM

    TMFox

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Reservation was ready when we arrived. Salad was substantially over dressed - smothered really. Other than that, great place!
  25. SR

    SRPK

    New England

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    3 of us had dinner at Central Kitchen, which we chose because it's close to MIT where we were going to an event. We had never been there before, but we will certainly go back. The food was excellent--especially the moules mariniere, the grilled octopus, the oysters, and the creme brulee. The service was also excellent--the wait staff were helpful and attentive. The tables are rather close together, and the people sitting at the 2 tables nearest to us were talking loudly, but we still were able to hear each other and carry on our own conversation without shouting. We plan to make this a restaurant we will go to often and highly recommend it to anyone looking for food that is almost as good as the best food we've eaten in France, which we visit often.
  26. TA

    TomA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant! Always a great experience and new memories made every visit.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great great great
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and wine!
  29. AT

    AnneT

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Just two small criticisms for an otherwise wonderful experience. They could use a curtain to keep out the cold - don't sit anywhere near the door. Secondly, the chairs are hard and uncomfortable but it's worth it.
  30. k

    kartrinab

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food, good value. Only complaint is that you have to pay for a "bread platter" when all you really want is a slice or two to mop up the yummy juices.
  31. SL

    SabrinaL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants! They have great service and delicious food. One of my go to places
  32. CS

    ColleenS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We picked in for proximity to ImprovBoston - what a great find. Excellent food, presentation and service.
  33. TA

    TraceyA

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good for special occasion
  34. A

    Alex

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We've been going here for 10 years, still love it. There was about a 2 year period before this last trip that was very questionable, things started to go south... However, this Saturday it seems that they're back in action. New chef? This is the best steak tartare in Boston. We order it whenever we see it on a menu, and there are some other really great ones (Butcher shop and Saltie Girl also very good), but this one is a shining star. It's my boyfriend's favorite steak frites as well, and my brined chicken was wildly good. The only true negative is they need to stop trying to seat people in that tiny little table crammed into the nook by the host stand between 2 other tables. It's kind of insulting, to be honest, to be sat in this cramped little afterthought of a table when you've made a reservation. We sat there once and couldn't wait for the meal to be over, it was so uncomfortable. Happy to wait for another seat, even past reservation time. Just remove that dumb table! Also, bring back the firefly cocktail please.
  35. L

    Leyla

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent steak. Excellent service.
  36. FM

    FoodieMom

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The food was fine, the service was good despite the new server who helped us, and the ambiance was friendly. It took awhile for our drinks to come - mid-appetizers, and the entrees were also slow to emerge from the kitchen, but we were not in a hurry and managed to have a nice night anyway. The only thing to note is that cold air rushes in whenever the front door is opened. It was a cold and rainy November night, so our table near the door was pretty chilly.
  37. I

    Ivette

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday. Staff were super attentive and food, ambiance superb!
  38. GT

    GeorgeT

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to this restaurant for over twenty years. It has never disappointed. Great French Brasserie food!
  39. PM

    PeterM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second time to central kitchen. Even better than the first! Great food. Reasonably priced. Lively atmosphere. Can’t wait until next time.
  40. MM

    MissMisty

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun and casual with excellent food. Homemade ice cream flavors, like chocolate banana and burn sugar, were fantastic. Best cooked swordfish.

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Central Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 269 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pearl Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Kitchen Mon, Tue, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Mon, Tue 5:00 pm–1:00 am Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    French American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Located next to Public lot #5 and Green Street Garage, as well as metered parking on Mass Ave and surrounding side streets.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Central Square stop on the Red line. There are also numerous buses that come through Central Square.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wine

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